STILLWATER — In order to win the Class 2A state football championship, illuminating the scoreboard is a prerequisite.
Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, the Oklahoma Christian School Saints kept their high-scoring machine intact and outlasted traditional powerhouse Davis 44-41 to tote home the school’s first-ever 11-man gold ball.
“They did it as a team,” OCS head coach Derek Turner said, overflowing with pride in his troops following the mammoth victory. “They were selfless. They didn’t worry about stats. They didn’t worry about themselves. We’re very, very proud of them.”
Oklahoma Christian quarterback Austin Brooks tossed five touchdown passes and hit on 19-of-34 for 387 yards.
But, without time to throw against the hungry Wolves, Brooks himself admits it would all be for naught without the five front men on his offensive line.
“I’m so confident back there,” the gunslinger stated. “I owe so much to them.”
The O-line consists of 6-6, 285-pound senior left tackle Jason Goff, left guard Asher Martel, senior center Christian Sigler, senior right guard Cole Hatchel and senior right tackle Christian Aduddell.
In celebration of the win, Turner looked over at Goff and yelled: “Jason Goff, you’re a man!” speaking of how the Saints ran to his side over and over as well as looking to Goff to provide prime pass protection.
“We ran a lot to that side and he just locked it down. He is a beast.”
After Nathan Blakely kicked a 20-yard field goal for a 37-27 cushion heading into the fourth quarter, lead OCS running back Luke Frankfurt was carted off the field after rushing for 72 yards on 19 carries including a 1-yard TD run.
The state championship-clinching touchdown came with 5:22 left in regulation when Brooks threw up a floater in the right side of the end zone on a fourth-and-5 situation to Will McKinnis.